Oh, it’s good to be home. I had a lovely time with the family in Massachusetts, but today’s bike ride to campus in warm sunshine was definitely a reminder of what I love about living in New Orleans. I haven’t been able to ride the Surly since I was out of town, so it was so so nice to just clip in and go. Sometimes I wonder if there will be a time when it doesn’t feel so good to ride my bike, but I don’t think I need to worry about that now. Anyway, after a ride home that included a a stop for socializing and a donut, I rode down to the Quarter to meet a friend for dinner. I zipped home up Magazine Street to see if maybe, just maybe, they’d fixed it since last week. Nope, but I followed another cyclist under the yellow tape and carefully dodged piles of rocks to check out the progress in front of the WWII museum. They’re criss-crossing red bricks for the sidewalk, so I had to do a little hopping around the seams. I stopped to take this picture of pallets upon pallets of bricks. These are all going down, until they pop up from falling ground and rising tree roots. I’m happy to be home and fully prepared to chronicle the rise and fall of that sidewalk.
Thought you’d find this interesting:
When the bicycle craze gripped the city in the mid-’90’s, the Picayune reported that “hundreds of women” could be seen riding daily. Girls from Newcomb College joined the movement, and those who did not own bicycles said they intended to “torment their papas to death until they had one.” (Picayune, August 9, 1891) Teachers rode bicycles to school to save carfare. Ida Barrow, who taught at Girls’ High School, declared, “I don’t think anything is so beneficial to a woman’s health and nerves as a long spin in the open air.” Another female cyclist simply stated that women were “better and happier for the wheel.”
From: A City on Wheels: The Bicycle Era in New Orleans Author(s): Dale A. Somers.
The link below will only work if you’re at Tulane or another university that has access to this archive:
Click to access 4230960.pdf
Oh, Randy, that’s *fantastic*! Thanks for the link!